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May 28, 2013

Triton alum aims to 'Revive Triton Pride'

BYFIELD — Rebecca Fish bleeds blue, and she is making sure Triton High School becomes a little bit bluer every day she is on the job.

“Triton is where I’m from; it’s where I grew up,” said Fish, Triton Regional High School student adjustment counselor and student council adviser.

“People say, ‘Who are you? What’s your culture?’ And school is a big deal to me. Not necessarily to be the smartest kid or what-not, but I was very involved in school and making sure that everybody had a good time. Giving back to the community because that is what I feel is important. That’s what Triton has taught me.”

In fact, Fish was voted Most Spirited when she graduated from Triton in 1999 and comes from a long line of Vikings. In 2011, Fish got her master’s degree in education with a focus on school adjustment counseling and licensed mental health counseling and about a year ago, heard that an adjustment counselor position was open at her alma mater.

“It was a complete dream,” Fish said of landing the Triton job. “It happened by complete accident. I was working at an alternative high school at the time. I had no idea (the school) was hiring and (the position) closed that day. I went through my two rounds of interviews and when (Triton principal) Katherine Dawe called me to tell me I have the position, I literally said, ‘Shut up!’ I was so excited to get back to where I came from.”

Fish began her professional homecoming last September, and less than a month into the new job was approached by her 1999 class adviser, Kristen Lazzaro, who asked her to take over the student council.

“She told me, ‘You need to do this,’” Fish said. “‘This is meant for you. It hasn’t really gone anywhere in a long time, you need to do this.’”

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